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Friday, July 29, 2016

Pale Sunrise, 8x6 Oil on Canvas Panel


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I was in a softer mood when painting this one. I need something calming during this election season as an alternative to banging my head on the wall. Serenity now...

Carmen

 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Mermaid, 11x17 Black and White Drawing on Navigational Chart


I was inspired by artist Jean Thomas for this one, after seeing her drawing of a face in a navigational chart. She gave me a chart and I put it far from me and looked at it until I saw a mermaid. Most of the drawing followed the lines of the map, but I added some flourishes for the tail. Very therapeutic and fun. I think maps of all kinds are just naturally beautiful.

Carmen

Friday, July 22, 2016

Mango High, 6x8 Original Oil Painting on Canvas Panel



It is mango season and there are so many mangoes right now. For those of us who love them it is a glorious time. I was in Bradenton recently, standing under a tree that had dropped mangoes on the ground. Gorgeous fruit just lying all around. Way, way up in the tree were these beautiful collections of fruit, and I especially liked this one because of the lone ripe mango among the lavender ones. So, the title "Mango High" can be taken two ways. 

Here's a tip I learned last week about cutting and peeling mangoes: make a cut around the fruit, all the way to the seed. Use a glass or a cup (easier with a cup, holding it by the handle) and scoop the fruit out of the peeling. Do it firmly and you will have no waste. Then chomp on the seed and get the pulp all over your face like you usually do. Mango high.

Carmen

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Three Hikes, Pages from my Journal











We visited family in Bradenton and I recorded my hikes with my 
nephew Riley in my sketch journal. Journaling is the best way for me to remember trips I have taken, and I wish I'd done this years ago on trips to Europe. It brings precious memories right back. 

It is SO hot on the West coast of Florida, but we managed to hike three different parks in one day. Two had some shade, but Robinson Preserve did not. DeSoto Point is where DeSoto is said to have landed. There are cutouts of the Spaniards and Indians along the trail, and it didn't take Riley long to figure out who the bad guys were. In his world there are always good guys and bad guys. He went along the trail punching the Spaniards. 

That last trail was really beautiful, right on the bay, with mangroves growing in white sand. I wish we had had our swimsuits, since there were so many accessible places to swim. It was a fun day with a great little companion.

Carmen


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Lotus Buds, 6x8 Oil on Canvas Panel Floral Painting



I was far from home while doing this painting, and I managed to leave my white paint home! I dealt with it by subtracting color with my turps. This produced a very dark painting, as my canvas was not white, but a toned neutral color. When I got home I mixed more color with white and finished my lotus buds. I like the way they stand out now. These lilies were at Palma Sola Botanical Garden in Bradenton, Florida.

Carmen

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Flamingo, 6x8 Oil on Canvas Panel Daily Painting



Flamingos are such funny birds. Not only do they stand on those skinny legs, they can stand on one only! When they are resting, their neck can be twisted around and tucked under their wings; however, their gorgeous color offsets their silly looks. They are magnificent in a goofy way.

Carmen

Friday, July 8, 2016

Tiny Zinnias, 3x5 Oil Painting on Wood Panel, Floral Daily Painting


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I think that's enough flowers for now. I am getting the urge to paint the beach, but who knows what will strike my eye next? These tiny paintings have been fun and I do love my garden, but the Devilweed is about to get me. It creeps under the ground and pops up everywhere. As if it's not hard enough to weed in the hot weather, this stuff has to give me a tug of war to get it out. If anyone has a solution for  this heinous weed, please tell me!

Carmen

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bronze Daylily, 3x5 Oil on Wood Panel Small Daily Painting



 I enjoy painting these little paintings of flowers from my garden. This one goes nicely with two of my other paintings, "Blanketflower" and "Golden Daylily." This is a 3x5 original oil painting on wood panel, and it comes with its own little easel.




Carmen


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Golden Daylily, 3x5 Oil on Wood Panel Daily Painting




I've been painting tiny daily paintings lately, inspired by the flowers in my garden. This double daylily is one of my favorites. A little easel comes with it. 

Bees are very endangered now, but I have finally seen one buzzing around my flowers. Just one. It is a honeybee, and it's busy doing its work. I don't recall seeing any last year, so I'm happy to see one. Is it the same one every day? Or different ones? I wonder.

Carmen